Sunday, December 2, 2018

Epilator vs Waxing, Which Is Right For You?





Getting rid of body hair has been part of our routines for a long time. Guys shave their facial hair, and women shave their legs and underarms. Depends on the type of treatment you prefer to employ, it pays to know the most practical methods out there. Although you're probably not new to waxing and shaving, let's up the knowledge game nonetheless. In this article we’ll discuss the use of epilators and waxing. What are their differences? And which one is right for you?

What is an epilator?
You may have heard of the term, but haven’t really tried one. Epilators are electric pluckers, so to speak. It’s a small handheld electric device that is used to pluck out hair at the follicle level. If you’re new to it, you can follow this guide on how to use an epilator. The rotating rollers of the device contains several sets of discs or tweezers. The term epilating refers to the process of removing hair from under the skin. Epilator devices work similar to waxing, but instead of pulling out a wax strip, spinning discs and springs do the job of pulling your hair from the roots, leaving your skin smooth.

Using an epilator can be extremely painful to some people. Similar to waxing, several of your hairs are being yanked out from their roots at the same time. It can be scary and intimidating for first time users, but it doesn’t have to be. This form of automated electric tweezing gets you a long-lasting smooth skin right at the comforts of your home.

We can’t really tell how long the smoothness will last for an epilator session. Some people grow hair much quickly than others and thus would require more frequent sessions. Don’t worry though because eventually, you will notice your hair growing much slower.

There are many types of epilators out there. Some are corded, some are rechargeable, and some use batteries. The market is filled with various kinds of epilators that offer a quick and easy hair removal solution that are also very affordable.

What is hair waxing?
Hair waxing is basically removing hair from the roots using a resin-based waxy product. With this process, the hair follicle is removed at the root level. Because of this sub-surface treatment, hair grows back slower, and you will have less hair over time. This results in smoother skin that could last up to six weeks depends on your body’s growth rate.

There are several ways to perform hair waxing, depending on the body part concerned. There’s the bikini wax for the private areas down there, underarm waxing, arms and leg, back, and so on. Different waxing methods are employed depending on your needs.

There are two kinds of wax used in a treatment, soft and hard. Soft waxing uses paper strips or muslin strips, whereas hard waxing is done without strips. Generally, hard wax is used on the bikini area, underarm, and the face area. On the other hand, soft wax is used on larger areas such as the back or leg area.

So what’s the better option for you?
There are many similarities between waxing and using an epilator. Both of them work by removing hair follicles down to the root level. There’s also some pain factor to be expected from both methods. And because they work by pulling out hair from the roots, they have similar hair regrowth rates and the smoothness can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. So given that they may have more similarities than differences, what should you go for?

To be fair, you can do both but you have to consider some factors. First, the price. If you’re going to have to wax regularly, you might want to consider getting an epilator instead. Waxing can be done either at the salon or by yourself using waxing kits. Both require you to purchase over and over. Even though you can come by at the salon just once every month, you still have to go regularly. And once you’re out of waxing supplies, you know you have to repurchase. In this regard, getting an epilator wins. You can invest in just one high quality epilating device and use it for years.

Next thing to consider is your skin’s reaction. Every person reacts differently to hair removal treatments. After epilating, it’s normal to get a bunch of red bumps because it’s the skin’s natural reaction to hair being yanked out. The redness will usually subside in a few hours, and it’s recommended to moisturize after to avoid irritation. Waxing on the other hand serves more than one purpose. Aside from pulling your hair out, it also removes dead skin cells on your skin surface. This leaves you with a smooth and silky skin right after the session. While there may be some irritation depending on how sensitive your skin is, but it doesn’t happen as often with epilation.

Another thing to consider is the effectiveness of the procedure. Both methods have the same goal, to remove unwanted hair. But which method is more effective than the other? Waxing presses down hair flat on the skin before pulling them off, giving a more likelihood that they won’t be pulled completely. Epilating, on the other hand improves this method by pulling hair directly from the root while the hairs are in their natural position. You can also easily go back to the areas where some hair is missed.

Now, how about convenience? Which method is more convenient to use? Time is a big factor in any beauty treatment, and going to waxing salons or preparing your waxing kit already takes precious time. The preparation time needed to get your waxing done already makes it less convenient compared to pushing a button on your epilator. This arguably makes epilating a more convenient choice. Imagine being done removing hair in a matter or minutes, compared to hours spent booking an appointment or heating up your wax.

Those are just some of the few considerations between choosing what’s right for you. The price, skin irritation, effectiveness, and convenience all play a big part in your choice. But ultimately, there’s no denying both methods do the job impressively.

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 love ♥, 
Jay 

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